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Boris Johnson wins MPs’ backing for Brexit deal in principle

MPs are voting on a programme motion to push through the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in just three days.

Boris Johnson speaking in the Commons during the Brexit Bill debate (House of Commons/PA)
Boris Johnson speaking in the Commons during the Brexit Bill debate (House of Commons/PA)

By Gavin Cordon, Harriet Line and Sam Blewett, PA Political Staff

Boris Johnson has won the support of MPs for his Brexit deal “in principle” in the first of a series of crucial Commons votes on Tuesday.

The House voted by 329 to 299 to approve the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) at second reading – a majority of 30.

It is the second vote out of 11 Mr Johnson has won since he became Prime Minister in July.

It was being followed immediately by a second vote on a programme motion to enable it to clear all its Commons stages by the end of Thursday.

Earlier, Mr Johnson warned MPs he would pull the whole Bill and go for a general election if they rejected his timetable and decided to “delay everything until January or even longer”.

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